So, wave bye to September. I woke up Saturday morning, did the general errands required, got home and just felt like a wet noodle. Beyond autumn into winter not being my favourite time of year I think I’m just weary waiting to finish with this part of my work life (even though I keep saying to myself: be in the now). Anyway, I’ve got a good book going and that’s what I focused on for most of the day.
Did get pizza in the evening.
The plumber comes tomorrow (Monday) to get the boiler and heating system ready for colder weather.
I am looking forward to Halloween.
Autumn. I used to love the season in NY. Cool, crisp – beautiful falling leaves – Halloween, Thanksgiving. Here, autumn marks the beginning of rainy season and then really cold rainy season. If I could hibernate from November through end-January I would.
I’ve finally finished the last three Teo Cabanel samples so a bit on them first.
Et Voilà. Neroli, aldehydes, clean accord, white flowers, heliotrope, rose, white musk cocktail, sandalwood. “… the chic simplicity of soap bubbles and cleanliness captured in a bottle”. Sigh. Opens, very briefly, with nice sharp neroli. Then, we’re into laundry detergent – which is where it stays. Clean, de-fanged musk. I’ve never been a ‘clean’ fragrance person. If you are, this might be up your alley.
Rondez-vous. Mimosa, violet leaf, almond, violet, rose, jasmine, orange blossom, white musks, vanilla, tonka bean. “Shining mimosa”. Uh, no. Opens almond-violet leaf powder. Maybe deepens into a bit of rose, maybe jasmine. As the scratchy violet recedes it does get more floral and nicer. Definitely not for me.
Alahine. Bergamot, pink pepper, rose, jasmine, ylang, orange ‘tree’, vanilla, labdanum, iris, benzoin, musk. “Sweetness and richness of Mexico”. I can barely smell this – as ever, maybe due to my low body temp. Spicy amberish then floral cinnamon (not in notes). Smells a bit like Mexican hot chocolate on me but it’s so incredibly weak. I was so looking forward to this given it gets a lot, and I do mean a lot, of love out there in perfumeland. What a disappointment.
So, all in, Café Cabanel is the winner and is on the want list. Oha, the chypre, is quite good. That’s it for me.
I managed to buy a velvet pumpkin this year.
I think I mentioned at some point that I missed these last year. A shop in a nearby village stocks them and they sell out very quickly. I already had a mini glass pumpkin from a glass blowing company in Bristol, northeast of here. I’m thinking I will participate in the pumpkin pick in the farm shop’s field this year to get my proper pumpkin.
Otherwise, I get to get my hair cut soon, get my covid booster, try to keep myself from buying yet more samples …
And thinking positive thoughts for all the New Yorkers having to deal with a lot of rain.
Hope your week was good. Please tell us something fun and distracting – about anything: perfume, food, etc.
Pics: Pexels and mine